Seal of Excelsior College
|President||John F. Ebersole|
|Provost||Mary Beth Hanner|
|Location||Albany, New York, USA|
|Former names||Regents College|
|Philosophy||What you know is more important than where or how you learned it.|
Excelsior College is a private, non-profit virtual university headquartered in in Albany, New York offering online degrees. It is a constituent member of The University of the State of New York, and has its own charter and Board of Trustees. Excelsior College offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level. The college comprises five schools: the School of Business and Technology, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Nursing, and the School of Public Service.
Excelsior College was founded in 1971 by the New York State Board of Regents as its external degree program, known as The Regents External Degree Program, or REX. The initial development of the program was funded by major grants from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. From 1971 until 1998, Regents College, as it was known, operated as a program of the Board of Regents (which also served as its board of trustees) and under the authority of the University of the State of New York by which degrees and diplomas were awarded during that period. In April 1998, the Board of Regents granted the College an absolute charter to operate as a private, nonprofit, independent institution. On January 1, 2001, Regents College changed its name to Excelsior College (Excelsior is Latin for "ever upward," and is the motto of New York State). Today, Excelsior College has more than 36,000 students enrolled in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Excelsior College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The School of Nursing has twice been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Its baccalaureate degree programs in electrical engineering technology and nuclear engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.The bachelor's degree programs in accounting (NYS CPA Track) and business are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program has been accepted into full membership by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).
Sources of college credit that can be used towards an Excelsior College degree program include Excelsior College distance learning courses, courses from other regionally-accredited institutions, college-level subject-matter examinations (including CLEP exams, and DSST/DANTES exams), non-collegiate training (including corporate, governmental, and military training) that has been evaluated for college-level credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), and assessments of prior learning portfolios. Unlike most colleges, Excelsior College sets no limitations on the amount of allowable transfer credit.
Excelsior College also offers Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) which are comparable to CLEP and DSST exams and are accepted as a source of credits by many colleges in the United States.
Excelsior College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. SOC institutions are dedicated to helping Servicemembers and their families earn college degrees. Military students can take courses in their off-duty hours at or near military installations in the United States, overseas, and on Navy ships. Additionally, Excelsior College has repeatedly been nominated as a top military-friendly school by multiple organizations.
Excelsior College is one of several regionally accredited colleges operating on a model similar to Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, and Charter Oak State College in Connecticut referred to in distance learning circles as The Big Three.
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- Charles W. Bowen, 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, 2006–2010 
- Joe R. Campa Jr., 11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, 2006–2008
- Anthony Munroe, President, Malcolm X, City Colleges of Chicago 
- Anthony J. O'Donnell, Maryland politician 
- Ed Rensi, co-owner of Team Rensi Motorsports
- Major General Joseph J. Taluto, retired Adjutant General of the New York National Guard 
- Stacey Campfield, Republican member of the Tennessee Senate from the 7th district. 
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